I discovered chicken helper in college while living in a small studio apartment next door to a girlfriend of mine. I won’t embarrass you by telling everyone you liked Chicken Helper, but you know who you are 🙂
While it was never my favorite dinner choice, it did provide leftovers and a full stomach.
I know other people that lived on hamburger helper in college and love to walk down memory lane. Instead of cringing, when someone asks me to make it…
I had to come up with a way to make Hamburger Helper o.k. in my house. I’m all about indulging in cravings but that powder in a box? I just can’t. So I made up a recipe! There are tons of homemade helper recipes out there so I checked them all out and customized mine accordingly.
I picked fusilli pasta because I feel like all the cheese and goodness sticks to it best. Any short pasta would do.
Even though it might sound like I’ve sort of been hating on the helper, it is pretty awesome that it all cooks in one pan!
Adding cheese right before you serve it, makes it super creamy.
No preservatives, no box, but similar-and by similar I mean better.
Dinner served and I didn’t even need that creepy little walking hand (with a face!) to help me!
CHEESY HOMEMADE HELPER
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 Small diced onion
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
15 twists freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup water
2 cups milk (i used 1%)
1/2 pound fusilli or other short pasta
1 cup sharp cheddar, grated
Instructions and directions:
Cook onion and ground meat in a large skillet until the meat is no longer pink l
Add pasta, seasonings, water and milk to skillet. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes (stirring periodically), or until pasta is cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed.
Stir in cheese until melted and creamy. Let stand for 5 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.